Vauxhall launches 'green' Astra
Powered by a 108bhp 1.7-diesel engine, the Astra Ecoflex is capable of 62.8mpg while emitting 119g/km of carbon dioxide.
The fuel efficiency and low emissions have been made by tweaking the standard car’s suspension, aerodynamics and engine management system and by fitting low-rolling resistance tyres and decreasing the car’s weight by 30kg.
A five-door Astra Ecoflex starts at £16,340 in Life A/C trim, which is about £300 more than the standard car, and about £300 less than the equivalent Ford Focus Econetic model.
The Astra Ecoflex falls into the lowest Benefit In Kind tax band for company car drivers, while private buyers will only pay £35 per year in Vehicle Excise Duty.
Pricing on three-door and estate Astra Ecoflex models will be announced later, and Ecoflex variants of Insignia and Corsa models will go on sale next year.